Many questions will be asked in an interview. Some of them are expected, while others are caught by surprise. These are the types of questions that make interviewers think the candidates are not mature enough or are not able to understand their positions. How to answer these questions?
Interviewers often ask candidates about their greatest weaknesses. Most candidates agree that it is their lack of experience with technical tasks, or their inability to work in teams. Often, you'll hear them say that they're "not very good" in these areas. Now, we are not saying you should lie in an interview; but, in some cases, it can be beneficial to go in with a strategy in mind.
So, what are the questions that are expected?
You will be asked standard interview questions, but these will vary depending on the industry. Some jobs require you to have a particular kind of experience that requires you to have a certain qualification.
So, your interviewer might ask questions like:
- Why do you think that you'd be a good fit for this position?
Why do you think you'd be good at this position?"
This is one of the most common and important questions interviewers ask the candidates. This is the time to tell the interviewer about your strength, your talents, and how they will help achieve the goals of the company, plus how the company is in line with the fulfillment of your goals too. Focus on what you are going to do, the benefits, and the goals of the company.
This is the time to align your goals with the company’s goals. It is imperative, you do not focus on the compensation getting the job will provide only
- If the interviewer asks you about a gap in your resume or your last position?
You need to answer as honestly as possible. Don’t use flowery language. Ask yourself a question that should be asked, so you can anticipate the question and your response. “When you read your resume, did you notice that you had a stint of 6 months in your last position?” “What went wrong in the last 6 months?” If you’re being asked about an experience, it is better to answer what was happening at that time, what you did, and how the company was going. Explain the problem, without bad-mouthing the company or your previous employee.
- What can you bring to the company that the other candidates can't?
What a difficult question to answer. Usually, you can’t tell what the other candidates bring. You don't have to know a person's weaknesses and strengths to answer the question. The only thing you should think is "What can you do better than the other candidates?" Your response to this question should answer the question without spoiling your chances for the position. The question itself seems to require a more personal answer, and you don't want to make it too generic. If you are truly qualified, you have a good reason to be the best candidate.
- What would you do if someone says they don't want to work with you?
This question is one of the trickiest interview questions, but it is a good gauge of whether the candidate can work in a team, communicate with people and adapt to situations. It is also important to know whether the candidate will be able to concentrate on the tasks. What would you do if someone does not like you and wants to quit? There is a huge difference between someone that is not happy with you and someone that does not like you. If someone does not like you and does not want to work with you, what can you do to improve the situation? How would you deal with a situation when there is a conflict between employees?
- What is your greatest achievement?
The question itself is very easy to answer, and one would not even think of trying to argue, for a minute. But to answer it, one needs to understand the context. The context here is that the interviewer wants to know what the candidate has achieved in his life. He wants to know if the candidate has achieved something significant.
To be able to answer this question, you will need to explain that you possess good experience and have a solid background. You can tell about projects that you were involved in and explain how you were involved in them.
- How would you handle a difficult situation at work?
It is a common question during an interview, but you need to prepare for it. How would you react if a colleague insulted you? Do you have any traumatic experiences that you could use as an example? What would you do if the whole team was taken over by someone else? Do not just respond with “I don’t know, I haven’t thought about it.”.
Come with a good solution in which you would handle the situation.
Make sure you are aware of the most common questions and how to answer them. You can become a successful candidate by doing some research before the interview, and you will do well to incorporate the following tips to the most important questions you will be asked in the interview process.
It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to show your true skills, and demonstrate your competency. Always remain professional and make sure that you do not lose your cool.